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Seth Andrews' Rebuttal to "10 Women Christian Men Shouldn't Marry" (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Thursday. 13 Replies

It seems as though some numb-nuts New York pastor by the name of Stephen Kim has written two marriage advice pieces for christian men and women.  Not surprisingly, his suggestions come straight out of his never-fail magic book.  Seth Andrews of The…Continue

Tags: advice, marriage, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Stephen Kim

Living in the Answers

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Patricia Jan 18. 13 Replies

I am weary of those who declare they understand all the answers to the creation of the universe and Earth. They claim they know the answers to the questions of life, meaning, death, and the afterlife. Those with all the answer speak with confidence,…Continue

Tags: confidence, education, government, family, afterlife

Twin terrorists caught

Started by Patricia. Last reply by Patricia Jan 11. 7 Replies

Canada: twin terrorists caught before going to Mideast Saturday, January 10, 2015 By Martin Barillas L-R: Carlos and Ashton Larmond The Royal Canadian Mounted Police arrested and charged a pair of 24-year-old identical twin brothers on…Continue

Betty Bowers Best of 2014

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Jan 4. 33 Replies

Happy New Year, everyone!  Now that we're off on another 365-day stint of sniping at believers, leave it to America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, to sum up the year past from her holier-than-EVERYBODY point of view! Have You had YOUR Betty today?!?Continue

Tags: 2014, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Christmas: Behind the Curtain (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by booklover Dec 28, 2014. 23 Replies

Well, it's that time of year again.  Time to gird our loins, put on our battle armor and join the (dah-dah DAAAAAH!) WAR AGAINST CHRISTMAS!!! [groan!] Yeah, most of us have heard that crap before, probably too many times, in fact, how atheists are…Continue

Tags: Christmas, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Seth Andrews - The Copycats: How Christianity Steals The Best Ideas

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Dec 24, 2014. 11 Replies

Many of us have observed or learned how christianity shamelessly borrows from other sources to bolster its position and show off its supposed wonderfulness.  Well, Seth Andrews of The Thinking Atheist podcast has compiled some of the more modern-day…Continue

Tags: steal, borrow, copycat, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

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Comment by Joan Denoo on September 29, 2013 at 8:14pm

I wonder how Pumpkins and Fred would do with a wind up mouse, or a ball of yarn? Would they fight? or participate? Or perhaps a group of boxes, big and small? 

Comment by sk8eycat on September 29, 2013 at 7:40pm

I don't know why, but "Fred" is a good cat name...IMO, anyway.  We had a (male) Fred when I was in my 20s...he was red, so he was "Red Fred."

Heard some hisses, and Pumpkin came out to complain about the interloper.  Fred is half-hiding in a cardboard carton that's lying on its side by the window wall.

Maybe I should put her personal litter box out there...

Comment by sk8eycat on September 29, 2013 at 7:34pm

Joan, there's also Bob, the Rain God...only sends rain when you don't need it or want it.  Oh, about 20 years ago the bishop or archbishop of San Francisco led a special service to pray for rain (there was a terrible drought) and a couple of days later it SNOWED in SF!  First time in 50 or 75 years. 

Everybody laughed.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 29, 2013 at 7:30pm
I like Fred and Ginger! Well, maybe Freda
Comment by booklover on September 29, 2013 at 7:23pm

Joan, I'm going to use your excuse for not dusting! lol.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 29, 2013 at 7:20pm
sk8eycat, it has been months since I did any housework and a few cousins and friends drop by from time to time and I tell them the snifter of dust on my bookshelves is star dust, and I don't want to disturb it, it is too precious. They report that dust mites like my snifter and I do not let that deter me.

I look forward to your stories of your new addition to your household. Fred is a good name.

A.C. Grayling states that if someone wants to pray for you, say you will do the honors and then say, "Thank Fred for all these gifts bestowed upon me and my family!"

I don't know why Fred, it just doesn't sound like "god" I guess.
Comment by booklover on September 29, 2013 at 7:15pm

The cat won't mind a mess!  Congrats on your cat!  That's wonderful you took her in.  Maybe change her name to Freida?  Let us know how it goes!

Comment by sk8eycat on September 29, 2013 at 7:14pm

Well, if it weren't too late to change Pumpkin's name, I'd call him "Ginger"...because he IS a "ginger cat," and then I'd have "Fred & Ginger."

They are both out in the den right now, staring at each other.  Haven't heard any growls or hisses.  Yet.

OMNerves, it was SO good to see and really talk with John and Bjo again!  I met them a long time ago through "Trek" fandom...before any of the movies or spin-offs were even in the works.  They are a bit older than I am, and were involved in SF fandom long before "Trek;"

I think they actually met at a LASFS (Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society) meeting in the days when the professional writers were still involved with fan clubs and stuff.  I could listen to them talk about "the old days" forever!  (Bjo wrote the original Star Trek Concordance when all "Trek" was was reruns, and the short-lived animated series.)

Comment by sk8eycat on September 29, 2013 at 5:20pm

I'm just  embarrassed that our house is such a blooming mess, and I haven't the time or the energy to do very much about it before they get here. Old (1967) ankle problems have kept me from doing much without a walker for the last couple of weeks, and I can see dust, and papers, and books piling up all over the place.  Oh, well....I TOLD Bjo the house was a dump...literally.  I don't think the cat will mind.  BTW the cat is a female...named "Fred."  I have to find out why. 
MUST get dressed; they'll be here in an hour.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 29, 2013 at 2:13pm

That's great news, sk8eycat.  How fun!  What a lucky cat.  Looking forward to your stories as you discover a new personality living in your house. 

 

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